Butternut Baklava Bites

Baklava Bites!

Sometimes I get so ridiculously hung up on a veggie that they manage to find their way into almost everything I make. I humored my fruit fancy earlier in the month with a cranberry-palooza of sorts, but lately it’s all about the butternut. So much so, in fact, that I straight up butternuted my baklava. I regret nothing.

No Ragrets

So what on earth are butternut baklava bites? I filled crispy, flaky phyllo cups with pureed butternut squash spiked with maple and orange, topped them with a medley of toasted nuts and went beyond overboard with my bear-o-honey! They’re a bite-sized indulgence that are not only packed with protein, but are practically a vegetable too! At least I like to think so!

The maple-spiked squash and candied nuts can be made in advanced and assembled when needed, for a speedy sweet treat that is perfect for the holidays!

Butternut Baklava Bites
 
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Recipe type: appetizer, dessert
Serves: 25 phyllo cups

Ingredients
  • 1 + ½ heaping cups of cubed butternut squash
  • 1 TBSP orange juice
  • 1 TBSP pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup whole shelled pistachios
  • ¼ cup walnut halves and pieces
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 + ½ TBSP unsalted butter
  • 1 + ½ TBSP sugar [brown or regular]
  • a pinch of salt
  • 25 pre-made phyllo cups, thawed if previously frozen
  • approx ¼ cup honey, or to taste

Instructions
  1. Bring a medium-small pot of water to boil and cook squash for 10 minutes or until fork-tender.
  2. In a food processor or blender, combine squash with orange juice and maple syrup and puree until smooth.
  3. Next finely chop your nuts. This can be done in a food processor, with a sharp knife, or even by filling a plastic bag with nuts and smashing them with a wine bottle. I’ve employed all three techniques, choose what’s easiest for you!
  4. Bring a small skillet to medium heat and melt your butter. Add 1 tablespoon of sugar and your chopped nuts and saute for five minutes until they’re nice and toasty and have a light glaze on them. If you have a major sweet tooth I’ll look the other way while you double the glaze. Since I have a heavy hand with the honey I go light on the glaze.
  5. Fill each phyllo cup with a teaspoon of butternut puree and pile on the candied nuts!
  6. Top each bite with a hearty drizzle of honey and dig in!

Notes
Best when served at room temperature. Butternut puree and candied nuts can be made in advance and assembled when needed! I’d avoid filling the cups too far in advance since the squash will eventually soften or soggify the phyllo layers but they can easily sit out on a party platter awaiting hungry guests! Since they’re dairy free, there’s no need to chill them. Score!

 You can get crazy with your display…

Butternut Baklava Bites: pureed butternut squash spiked with maple and orange, topped with pistachio, pecans, and walnuts and slathered in honey!

 or simply snag a bite the second they hit the table!

Butternut Baklava Bites: pureed butternut squash spiked with maple and orange, topped with pistachio, pecans, and walnuts and slathered in honey!

The only thing that takes less time than making these, is eating them!